URBANA — Youngsters who visit the Children's Advocacy Center of Champaign County are usually there because something really bad has happened to them.
That's why Joni Markel of Sidell is sure her late sister would be pleased to know that money given in her honor is helping making the place more pleasant.
A look at the dates you should circle in next year's planners, courtesy staff writers Bob Asmussen and Julie Wurth:
GIFFORD — Judy Singh drove her car for about five weeks after the storm until it finally overheated and clunked out.
It turned out the tornado drove a two-by-four through her radiator and into her engine. It shouldn't have been running at all.
Willow Tree Missions now owns the building that houses its resale shop after a formal closing Dec. 19 on the Monticello facility.
The 7,200-square-foot building was purchased for $30,000. The former owner offered it to Willow Tree because he is moving out of the country.
CHAMPAIGN — An anonymous donor who slipped a gold coin into one of the Salvation Army's red kettles has helped boost a sagging fundraising campaign this season.
"The gold coin is a shot in the arm during a challenging year for our kettle donations," Major Tom McDowell, corps officer of the Salvation Army of Champaign County, said.
DANVILLE — When a Women's Care Clinic client has a baby, staff send out an email announcing the birth of a boy or girl.
They were just as excited to share their latest announcement: "It's a building."
URBANA — The Transitions Thrift Store at Lincoln Square has expanded to add home furnishings.
The Director of Development at Champaign's Center for Women in Transition said the expansion of the group's thrift store will help the organization better serve the community.
CHAMPAIGN — It was a heart-warming sight for Ellen Harms: Holy Cross School students walking in a big group to Daily Bread Soup Kitchen carrying backpacks stuffed with many of life's necessities to be given away to the homeless and needy of Champaign-Urbana.
"They were so proud to be bringing them in," said Harms, a Daily Bread board member.
CHAMPAIGN — The United Way of Champaign County is more than halfway to its $3.4 million fund-raising goal, the agency said Thursday.
The current campaign has raised just over $2 million since it was launched in late August, and that's exciting, says United Way President and CEO Sue Grey.
"To be at $2 million at this point in the campaign is pretty early for us," she said.